Getting the Big Picture – What is plot in a short story? – Once upon a time . . . A short story is a type of literature known as fiction. • Fiction contains imaginary characters and events. Plot is the sequence of events. It contains the following: – Introduction – Conflict – Climax – Resolution Introduction • In the introduction the basic situation is explained. The main characters are usually introduced. • The introduction also presents the setting, or time and place of the action. Main Characters • Protagonist – the hero of the story. • Antagonist-the villain or object of the struggle. Conflict • The conflict is another name for a problem or struggle. • Many stories have several conflicts. Types of Conflict • • • • Man versus self Man versus man Man versus nature Man versus society Climax • The climax is the turning point of the story. • The conflict is greatest at the climax of the story. Resolution • The resolution is the conclusion, or end of the story. • The conflict is resolved in this part. Theme • The theme is a general statement about human beings or life. • Usually the author does not write the theme in words, but implies it in the story resolution. • What general idea about life did we discuss after reading “Zlateh the Goat”? Matching • • • • • • • Turning point Beginning of story Greatest struggle Way the story ends Time and place Person or animal Problem • • • • • • • A conflict Setting Climax Conflict Resolution Introduction Character Can you name the four types of conflict? Antagonist or Protagonist? Match the theme to the story • “The Monkey’s Paw” • “Dragon, Dragon” • “The Circuit” • Listen to older and wiser people. • Be careful what you wish for, you might get it. • Life for migrant workers is hard because they are constantly moving.